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Dr. Karen Han Dr. Han
Dermatology
19 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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How painful is laser wart removal?

How painful is laser wart removal?

Painful: Laser treatment of warts is through it's high energy and burning mechanism. It also targets the blood vessels that feed the wart, thought to contribute to its efficacy. Your doctor may sometimes inject anesthetic into the area before the treatment to reduce the pain.

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Dr. Arnold Beresh Dr. Beresh
Podiatry
37 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Should I still have pain from laser wart removal 2 days later?

Depends: It would not be uncommon, but it may depend on the exact location, size and depth.

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Dr. Karen Han Dr. Han
Dermatology
19 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Does laser wart removal offer an advantage over other kinds of procedures?

Does laser wart removal offer an advantage over other kinds of procedures?

No: Warts of viral infections. To destroy the wart, you must destroy/remove layers of your skin which contain the virus. However, it will try to regrow as you treat, so the key is to be persistent with your treatment, be it laser, liquid nitrogen, cantharin, or candida antigen application by your doctor (sometimes every other week), or self treatments with otc salicylic acids.

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Dr. Karen Han Dr. Han
Dermatology
19 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Is it dangerous to combine different types of wart removal (freeze + acid + laser. Etc)?

Is it dangerous to combine different types of wart removal (freeze + acid + laser. Etc)?

No: In fact, some large warts are very hearty and grows back quickly after a single treatment. For the thick large warts, I often alternate freeze and laser treatments every other week, and instruct otc salicylic acid home treatment between office visits.

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Dr. Arnold Beresh Dr. Beresh
Podiatry
37 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Arnold Beresh Dr. Beresh
Podiatry
37 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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How painful is a co2 laser for removing warts?

Minimal: Using a laser should decrease pain associated with wart removal. But some pain is involved.

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Dr. Michael Macri Dr. Macri
Cosmetic Surgery
29 years in practice
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Is it painful to remove facial warts via co2 laser?

Is it painful to remove facial warts via co2 laser?

No: No provided some anesthetic cream is used. However, sometimes better to scrape them off using local anesthetic.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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I have HPV internal warts and will probably have to go to the hospital to do laser to remove them. How long will I stay in the hospital for?

I have HPV internal warts and will probably have to go to the hospital to do laser to remove them. How long will I stay in the hospital for?

Day surgery: Unless this is an extreme case this type of surgery is usually done as an outpatient meaning that no overnight stay is needed.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Hpv transmission after laser surgery? Should I be worried? I'm a male and I had the warts removed, new partner and I don't want to hurt her. Thank

Hpv transmission after laser surgery? Should I be worried? I'm a male and I had the warts removed, new partner and I don't want to hurt her. Thank

Use condoms: You can remove the obvious warts with laser/freeze them or burn them with various chemicals. They can also disappear on their own in time. However, this family of viruses is capable of returning anytime and can shed without obvious warts. Condoms can help prevent transmission but is not 100%.It is possible you will never shed virus or have recurrence, but this germ may be with you for life.

Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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Warts on foot started out as a few, now theirs a bunch. I've had them froze, burned, used formaldehyde and tried to cut them out, can't afford laser?

Warts on foot started out as a few, now theirs a bunch. I've had them froze, burned, used formaldehyde and tried to cut them out, can't afford laser?

Don't need LASER: Varieties of good inexpensive treatments are available, you don't need laser, in experienced hands methods you told are effective (don't know about use of formaldehyde). Other pars of body, 90% of them go away in couple of months not plantar type, are different type of hpv virus, try over the over the counter ointments just on warts first, if fails shop for less expensive provider.

Dr. Joseph Newman Dr. Newman
Podiatry
28 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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How useful is laser treatment for plantar warts?

It can be: There are many different ways to treat warts. The laser is a useful (and expensive) tool to treat them, but I cannot say that using one works significantly better than other measures. See a podiatrist or dermatologist to discuss your treatment options.

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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How do I find a good dr. Expert on using CO2 laser to remove large wart in my area? How do I check his credentials?

How do I find a good dr. Expert on using CO2 laser to remove large wart in my area? How do I check his credentials?

See a dermatologist: .Are your sure it is a wart? Why the fascination about CO2 laser? Why do you consider this the best treatment for a wart? I don't.

Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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Viral warts on face and neck, around that I hav. Itching. Acid didn't work. Should I go for laser.

Viral warts on face and neck, around that I hav. Itching. Acid didn't work. Should I go for laser.

Go for proper treatm: You tried self treatment already, now is the time to her eradicated from one of methods by your doctor.

Dr. James Henning Dr. Henning
Anesthesiology
46 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Single, small, white wart on top of tongue. Surgeon wants to knock me out to remove it. I really want something more simple. Options? Laser? Freezing?

Single, small, white wart on top of tongue. Surgeon wants to knock me out to remove it. I really want something more simple. Options? Laser? Freezing?

Location: Of the wart (lesion) and the potential for discomfort and bleeding are factors surgeons consider carefully before recommending one form of anesthesia over another. Being "knocked out" may simply be a matter of receiving intravenous sedation so that applying local anesthesia and control of minor bleeding proceed smoothly and without anxiety for one's patient. It's ok to ask for clarification!

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What is the best permanent solution for genital warts. My friend got this from her husband. She took them off using laser but came back in same spot??

What is the best permanent solution for genital warts. My friend got this from her husband. She took them off using laser but came back in same spot??

May not be one: HPV is in your body for a lifetime once you have become infected with it. It may not be possible to eradicate it entirely.

Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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My female partner had genital warts, but got it removed by laser surgery. Is it okay to provide oral sex?

My female partner had genital warts, but got it removed by laser surgery. Is it okay to provide oral sex?

When eradicated: Warts are caused by hpv virus, are contagious till completely eliminated., in female when untreated will cause carcinoma of cervix. It is not too late to get quadrivalent vaccine, has to see her doctor.

Dr. Morris Westfried Dr. Westfried
Dermatology
42 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Male, 25, had trt for genital wart in the lower prt of penis (4-5 warts)by laser. Wil the disease reoccur aftr smetme...Wht medicatn shld I tak?

Male, 25, had trt for genital wart in the lower prt of penis (4-5 warts)by laser. Wil the disease reoccur aftr smetme...Wht medicatn shld I tak?

Maybe: This treatment will eradicate the warts treated but there may be subclinical residual warts that become noticeable in the next few weeks or months. Treatment with topical agents such as condylox, or veregen (sinecatechins) is avaiable for any new lesions. Use a condom to minimize reinfe tion and to protect your partner. Your partner needs to checked. By gyn also.

Dr. David Masiello Dr. Masiello
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
14 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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I got my genital warts removed by laser last week and I'm only 16, I'm really afraid that the virus doesn't go away forever or causes cancer.

Correct: The Virus that can cause genital warts dose not go away. While the warts have been removed the virus is still present. In addition the HPV virus can cause cervical cancer as well as anal cancer.

Dr. Tarek Hamid Dr. Hamid
Dentistry
5 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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I came across "wartrol" which is a medicine to remove genital wart. Is it safe? I can't afford laser or co2

I came across "wartrol" which is a medicine to remove genital wart. Is it safe? I can't afford laser or co2

Yes but: You have to follow the instructions on the package carefully, do not get it on normal skin..

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